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Friday, April 12, 2013

God's Plans - Our Hands

Today I’m reading Ecclesiastes 7:14,

When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:

God has made the one as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.

I think the most common question people ask God is: “What do you want me to do?" That question is often followed by an emphatic, "Just tell me what to do and I'll do it!!”

Figuring out “God’s will for my life” can be a frustrating, even obsessive endeavor. Maybe we need to think about “God’s will for my life” in new ways. To get us thinking in new directions, here’s what Kevin DeYoung says about finding God's will:

“Obsessing over the future is not how God wants us to live, because showing  us the future is not God’s way. His way is to speak to us in the Scriptures and transform us by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). His way is not a crystal ball. His way is wisdom. We should stop looking for God to reveal the future to us and remove all risk from our lives. We should start looking to God – His character and His promises – and thereby have confidence to take risks for His name’s sake.” (Just Do Something)

How does that strike you? How has God revealed his will for your future to you? How frustrated are you about discerning God's will for your future?


Today's prayer: 

Lord, You know what is best; let this be done or that be done as You please. Give what You will, as much as You will, when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will most please You, and will be for Your greater honor. Place me where You will and deal with me freely in all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about whichever way You will. Behold, I am Your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for You - would that I could do this worthily and perfectly! Amen. (From THE IMITATION OF CHRIST, by Thomas a'Kempis). 

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